1 August 2017

Beyond the Recesses of Normality

“Step right up, step right up!” exclaimed the man in the top hat, gesturing wildly toward the passing crowd. “Prepare to witness the incredible! The unimaginable! The terrible!”

“Yes, ladies and gentlemen, mere moments from now the curtains will open to reveal our newest acquisition! A gargantuan terror from beyond! A sight not meant for human eyes! A sight, ladies and gentlemen, I promise!, a sight you will never forget as long as you live! But I advise you to gird yourselves for the dread you are about to experience before you dare gaze upon this heinous miscreation!”

25 July 2014

The Išanian Writing System

Just as a sample, the first verse of Nalija and Melin:









litiknarjoli hul hætukla onepalla oitmapa mi juseper pahoitmauper ælau

16 July 2014

The Language of Iša

In an attempt to give some more breadth to 'Nalija and Melin', the epic poem I'm writing, I've been working on an artistic conlang I call Old Išanian, so named after the city of Iša, where the epic takes place. Within the context of this world Old Išanian was the language spoken by the characters in the epic and the language in which the poem was first composed. Eventually it split into several dialects, one of them evolving into New Išanian, the language of the inhabitants of Iša some one thousand years after the events of the epic. This is the language which provides the basis for my 'translation' of this fictional work.

The first verse of 'Nalija and Melin' in Old Išanian:

litíknarjóli húl hætúkla ónepálla oitmápa mí juséper páhoitmaúper ǽlau
'Hear now!, O miserable souls, as I sing you of great desolation.'

18 August 2013

Nalija in Melin, 4. spev, seznanjenje z Idani in Ninarom

Lyguanu vladala nekdaj je modra Idani z Ninarom,
Domu pastirjev, kjer stika sladkoba se s slanostjo morja,
Kraju poslednjim pred morjem, v katerega sonce potone,
Njuno kraljestvo prekrivalo otok zelen je v celoti,
Pašnike širne polnila drobnica je sitega ljudstva, 750
Voda iz gor je pojila jezero ogromno ob mestu.

25 July 2013

Odlomek iz epa Nalija in Melin, 1. spev

Zraven zazrta v Laugurun bila je princesa Nalija,
Zadnja v kraljevi rodbini, edina potomka Nidaga, 70
Z blagim nasmeškom, ki gubal je rožnata lica cvetoča
Najlepše med vsemi dekleti, ki kdaj so hodile po svetu,
Modrih oči kakor nébo ponoči preplavljeno v zvezdah,
Las, ki kot zlato so žito se zibali v vetru pomladnem,
Krasna kot prva žareča meglica, ki zoro naznanja;
Tiho otožnost in solze je skrivala v svojem pogledu.

19 July 2012

The Infallible Reader of Fates

The author sat in front of the class, staring absently at the ceiling, while the professor was uncomfortably eyeing us in hopes of getting someone to speak up out of guilt. I like these discussions about literature and philosophy, but there wasn't much to go on here. His new novel is called ‘Felicia and Dr Maus’ and it hasn't even been published yet, so what could I possibly gleam from the title that warranted asking a question? My silence was not to be, however.

10 April 2012

Hiša sredi puščave

Hiša je dolga štirinajst in široka sedem metrov in pol. Streha je opečnata in na delih temnejša od starosti. Fasada je bila nekoč bledo siva, pa jo je pesek skozi leta razbrazdal in orumenil. Okolica je prazna; vsepovsod naokrog se razteza velika peščena ravnina, le pred lesenimi vhodnimi vrati z oknom iz zeleno-rumenega stekla je položenih nekaj tlakovcev. Ti so od divjanja elementov postali popolnoma gladki. Pritličje hiše je namenjeno skupnim prostorom, v prvem nadstropju živi sedem ljudi – starka, depresivnež, matematik, filozofinja, psihopat, umetnica in alkoholik.